Maybe statistically it's been decent but the stats don't tell the story. Overall we've gone significantly backwards, in relation to the teams we were trying to compete with.
We've disastrously messed up a transfer window, fired a manager, not had a succession planned and left a caretaker in for far too long, given the worst ever EL performance by an English team, decreased the quality of our squad overall, panicked and brought a lowest common denominator manager in. And here we sit at the end of the year playing backs to the wall hoofball against two abject teams in the relegation zone, with the promise of another 18 months of this garbage in store.
I'm an optimist and have been accused on here of being a happy clapper in the past. I really think it's tough to put any sort of positive spin on things.
We're so unbelievably far away from Arsenal and Spurs even. Never mind the rest of the top 4 who are even better. And there's absolutely no prospect of change for ages. It's completely knocked the stuffing out of me, from an Everton point of view.
Thankfully, my own actual life is going really well but the Everton side is an utter shambles.
None of us are liking where we are at the moment but I do think we lack a sense of perspective and reality. We only look up at the 'elite' (mega-rich?) clubs above and measure everything from there so, inevitably, we appear to be failing. We also need to look at the (usually) 14 or 15 teams below, and the 3 divisions below that and the hundreds of non league teams even lower in order to put our position into context.
To move up into that 'elite' is very rare - Chelsea and Man City are the only two in my lifetime to have achieved it and it took years in both cases. It will take us years as well and along the way there will be things that fail and all will be doom and gloom and there will be things that work and we'll all feel we've got there!
Do you not think it's human nature that on forums like this at every club fans tend to talk themselves down? We all avidly digest a media and social media where there is instant success or total shit and nothing in between - we want it and we we want it now.
This is all big business where we read a few words somewhere and think we understand and know it all when, in reality, we know eff all, a mere fraction of what is happening.
I've been around too long to believe Moshiri or anyone else changes everything overnight and also to believe a poor season (or in the top half of one of the best leagues in the world as most other clubs supporters would see it) is the end of the world.
I firmly believe it will come right but people do need to keep that sense of perspective and hopefully regain the sense of humour scousers are famous for. I won't go as far as to say ' it's only a game' or I'd rightfully be banned but I live near Stoke - so I know life could be worse than it is in Goodison.